You can enter, reside and work in Italy as an intra-corporate transferee if you are a manager, specialist or trainee employee. The definitions and conditions of admission are governed by the EU Directive on intra-corporate transfer (Articles 3 and 5 of Directive 2014/66/EUSearch for available translations of the preceding link). If you fulfil the conditions, you will be issued an intra-Corporate Transferee permit.
Please note that before being transferred from a company branch located outside of the EU to a branch in Italy you must have been employed by that company for a certain time period: if you are a manager 3 months; a specialist 3 months; a trainee 3 months.
|Where and how to apply|
In order to allow the transfer of intra corporate workers, the branch of the company hosting the transferee in Italy must request an authorisation for the worker’s transfer to the Prefecture. The Prefecture shall accept or reject the request for authorisation for transfer at the latest 45 days after it has been lodged. The Prefecture communicates the outcome of the evaluation process to the applicant.
In order to request the authorisation for the worker’s transfer, you will have to provide the following information:
Documentation supporting the request must be submitted to the designated services at the Prefecture at the latest ten days after the request is lodged.
Upon entry in Italian territory, you must declare your presence within 8 days at the Prefecture that issued her/his authorisation for transfer in order to obtain a residence permit.
|Duration of validity of permits|
The period of validity of the ICT permit is of at least one year or the duration of the transfer (whichever is shorter), and may be extended to a maximum of 3 years for managers and specialists and 1 year for trainee employees.
After this period, the transferee will need to leave the Member State territory for 3 months before being able to apply for a new ICT permit.
Decisions relating to visas and residence permits can be challenged before the Regional Administrative Tribunal within 60 days of notification.
|Extension or renewal|
The ICT residence permit may be renewed within the limits of the maximum period indicated; i.e. 1 year for trainees, three for specialised workers and managers.
|Change of status|
The ICT residence permit may be revoked if it was obtained fraudulently or if the transferee no longer meets the requirements necessary for it or if the transferee’s stay appears to serve different purposes than that for which it was issued.
Intra-corporate transferees may be accompanied by or reunited with their family, regardless of the duration of their residence permit. The application for the residence permit of the transferee’s family is made together with the application for the worker’s transfer and follows the same rules as that applicable to the request for the transferee’s permit. Family members are issued a residence permit for family reunification, with all the rights it entails, comprising the right to work.
The following procedures apply if you have an ICT permit in an EU Member State and intend to move and work in Italy:
Transferees holding an ICT residence permit issued by another EU member state may enter Italian territory without a visa. Upon arrival, you will, however, have to declare your presence in the territory at the Police Headquarters of the province you will reside in within 8 days.
Transferees holding an ICT residence permit issued by another EU member state may enter Italian territory without a visa. That being stated, if your stay is going to be longer than 90 days, you will need an authorisation for transfer issued by the Prefecture. Such an authorisation is requested by the hosting branch of the company in Italy.
The following information shall be provided:
Documentation supporting the request must be submitted to the designated services at the Prefecture at the latest ten days after the request is lodged. Said documentation must be submitted in Italian language.
Upon arrival in Italian territory, you will have to declare your presence and place of residence at the Police Headquarters of the province
Transferees holding an ICT residence permit issued by another EU member state may be accompanied by or reunited with their family, regardless of the duration of their residence permit, provided family members resided as family members in the first EU member state. Family members are issued a residence permit for family reunification, with all the rights it entails, comprising the right to work.